Wrestling’s return to Olympics a ‘relief’ for local wrestlers

Stacie Anaka headed to world wrestling championships, can now eye 2016 and 2020 Olympics

This week’s vote to keep wrestling in the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo, Japan is good news for wrestlers worldwide.

Saanich wrestling product Stacie Anaka is among that group. This week she’s in Hungary for the 2013 World Wrestling Championships in Budapest, Sept. 16 to 22.

The former Reynolds secondary and Victoria Bulldogs wrestling team member will compete in the worlds on Friday, Sept. 20.

Anaka, 26, is on an upward trend this season and a spot in the 2016 Olympics is beginning to look realistic. Fellow Canadian Carol Hunyh won medals in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, so if Anaka needed it, she has Tokyo as added motiviation.

She was recently bumped to fourth in the world rankings in her class thanks her gold medal in the 67-kilogram class at the Pan American Games in Panama in April and a bronze medal at the Universiade world university games in Kazan in July.

She wasn’t expecting to wrestle at the world championships this month as she was set on competing for Canada at the Francophone world games in Nice, France, Sept. 6 to 15.

A former teammate of Anaka’s at SFU, Michael Cappus, won silver at the 2010 CIS championships when Anaka won gold. Cappus is now helping coach Reynolds secondary with Josh Brakefield and Jedidiah Gordon.

He said wrestling’s “return” to the Olympics earlier this week is a huge relief.

“It’s restored my faith in the Olympic Games. (But) it’s a big positive for wrestling in general because it led to a reform of the FILA officials who were doing a poor job.”

Cappus is a national ranked wrestling official and noted that wrestling’s rules have changed quite substantially this year, although there are ongoing changes to the sport each year.

The matches should be faster, with less stalling, with a tweek to the scoring system to make it more understandable for spectators and more rewarding for wrestlers on the attack.

“It will take some getting used to but it should make it more entertaining for spectators who don’t know much of the sport,” Cappus said.

Longtime wrestling coach Ed Ashmore of the Victoria Bulldogs never lost hope that the sport he’s loved for 60 years would stay in the Olympics. During the past year Ashmore was outspoken on the issue, and it turns out he was right.

“They can’t take wrestling out. If you think they (were) mad about it here, they (were) going crazy in the Eastern countries who are so good at it.

“I just can’t see them actually taking it out,” he told the news often.




Just Posted

‘The system has fallen apart:’ Victoria woman’s son died a day after being accepted to treatment centre

Victoria man’s body went undiscovered in Victoria parking lot for five days after overdose

Every situation is different, jurors hear at coroners inquest into Oak Bay teen’s overdose death

Pediatrician says involuntary treatment necessary following overdose, opioid use

CRD tickets cyclists who ignore stop signs at Lochside trail, Saanich Road intersection

Many cyclists don’t heed the stop signs, use pedestrian-activated crosswalk light

Inaugural Sarah Beckett memorial Run raises $20,000 for law enforcement scholarship

Widow calls run, community playground fitting tributes to fallen mom and Mountie

VIDEO: Victoria airport guests see dinosaur surprise

Two boys dressed as raptors get a shock when their grandmother comes to greet them

POLL: Do you think the penalty should be increased for tossing a burning cigarette from a vehicle?

With grasslands and forests around Vancouver Island and across B.C. reaching tinder… Continue reading

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of June 25

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

B.C. Ferries vessel breaks down right before long weekend

Horseshoe Bay-Langdale route impacted most, revised schedule adds 4 a.m. sailings

Weather Canada issues thunderstorm alert for coastal Vancouver Island

Severe thunderstorm watch issued around 4:15 p.m. as storms developed over sections of the Island

Nanaimo man gets jail time for posting explicit photos of ex-girlfriends

Man’s name cannot be revealed to protect victims’ identities

North Island thrift store robbed at knifepoint, say RCMP

Suspect fled on bicycle following Tuesday stick-up

RCMP across Canada to soon unionize, according to B.C. mayor

A spokeswoman for RCMP headquarters in Ottawa says it’s not yet a done deal

Most Read